We all remember our first Gameboy. Sitting in long car rides playing Tetris, Super Mario Land, Gargoyle's Quest, and many more. Well, now there's one more thing the classic handheld console can do: Mine cryptocurrency.
YouTube channel stacksmashing made an eight minute video showing you how to take your Gameboy, a Gameboy Link Cable, and a Raspberry Pi Pico microcomputer to connect to a Bitcoin Node and a Bitcoin Network and get to work. If you're not familiar with the Gameboy Link Cable, it was used back in the day to trade game characters or items with other players, usually in Pokemon. Using that cable to connect the Raspberry Pi is really quite ingenious.
As cool as this is, the question remains, is it worth it? The short answer is no. Apparently, at the rate that the Frankenstein the Gameboy can mine Bitcoins, it would take a quadrillion years to get a single coin. To put that into perspective, a quadrillion hours is more than the age of the universe.
While this won't solve our GPU shortage, it's a fascinating project using a handheld console that came out way back in 1989. To check out the video on how to create a Gameboy Crypto Miner, click the link below: